Array Crew connects filmmakers with camera operators, production assistants, set designers, makeup and hair artists and all other “below-the-line” movie staff
Expected pay: Varies by position
Commissions & fees: None paid by workers
Requirements: 18 or older; at least one production credit
Hundreds of people work behind the scenes in the movie industry. They book talent, create sets and costumes, find props and locations, carry cameras, light sets and fill hundreds of other roles that make magic happen on the screen. ArrayCrew connects these “below-the-line” crew members with producers to get hired.
Created by writer/director Ava DuVernay, the site wants to make movie sets more diverse. However, it doesn’t discriminate. Any adult who has at least one film credit — and that can be a personal production — is able to set up a profile on the site for free. Notably, your credit can be from animation, film, television, live events, commercial, industrial, gaming, music video or web-based projects.
Crew members also do not pay a commission to the site, if they get a job. Filmmakers/producers pay any cost of making a connection.
The site partners with some of the largest names in film, including MGM, Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Apple TV and Fox. These founding partners apparently pay the bulk of the site’s expenses to make the process free for workers.
However, film companies that are not part of the ArrayCrew partnership may get charged some fee to find workers here.
Nonetheless, for the worker, the process is always free and easy.
How it works
You simply register on the site, providing contact information, your role in film, links to past projects, and background information. If you have an agent or other legal representative, you can also put that person’s name and contact information into your profile.
The site will verify the information you submit. Assuming you pass the screening, you’ll get an email notifying you that your profile is approved and viewable by potential employers. After that, you sit back and hope to get hired.
Will you get a job through the site? That’s impossible to say. Because the site is about increasing diversity in film, it might be harder to find work here if you’re a white male. But if you’re a woman or person of color, this is a great way to advertise your availability.
And no matter your gender or national origin, it costs nothing to try.
ArrayCrew is a relatively young site but there are no red flags in their terms that should discourage you from signing up.
If you’re also interested in acting and casting calls, you may want to check out Backstage and Playbill. Voice-over artists and others with niche production skills may also want to list their availability on Fiverr.